November 27 – December 3, 2017

Last post before vacation! It’s a short one, but Yen wisely wanted to clear his memory card before we set out.

We begin with what looks like a rather unfriendly confrontation.

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It’s not torture, though – I promise. Just watch:

In fact, the affection continues even as they roam about the house exploring the humidifiers in each bedroom. I promise that we do occasionally wear pants in our house. Or at least we’ll put some on before you come over.

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I keep a Kleenex in my bra most of the time – that way I can wipe a nose whether I have a pocket or not. Mina has started storing them in her shirt too.

By the way, in case you’re wondering what the little circle is on the wall: it’s a stopper to keep the cabinet handle from making a mark on the wall. You know, if someone slams it…

Mina has a very unique sense of fashion. She’s very concerned with accessorizing, and often asks for a wardrobe change after dinner – even if her clothes don’t have food on them.

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As you can see here, the placement of the panda mask is extremely specific.

My little GQ cub out for a winter walk.

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

This visit was to Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. We saw 7 bluebirds! No idea what they were doing hanging around in the cold.

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

The kids love this little jetty that sticks out into the pond. We don’t have a photo, but Linus actually crawled the entire length on the rails – feet never touching the floor.

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

Great Meadows wildlife sanctuary

The next morning we visited the park with Co Ba.

Arlington water tower park

Linus bravely climbed the steps to this huge slide – I was so proud of him! Of course you’ll see there was nothing to be frightened of. Not pictured: me sliding down after him. I was a little faster…

Mina spent the entire visit coaxing Co Ba to push her higher and higher.

Arlington water tower park

Arlington water tower park

A little more affection for you before we head out.

And a full minute and a half of Mina laughing while I dance behind the camera.